From My Mind to Your Ears (2013)

by Jack Nimersheim

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So...here it is...my second "solo" album.

Some of these songs have appeared elsewhere, previously...primarily on several albums I've recorded with Gypsies in Cyberspace, the "virtual" band I co-founded with my Scottish collaborator, Kevin Sweeney, back in 2010.

Others are brand new, showing up here for the first time.

They're all Nimersheim compositions...although a few of them were co-written with on-line friends from Europe, the U.K., Australia, and Canada.

Several folks helped out on several of them. I've listed these musical friends, along with their contributions, below. Thanks, all. I couldn't have done this without you. (Well, I guess, theoretically, I could have...but it sure as heck wouldn't sound as nice.)

And, so, as I said, here it is, my second "solo" album...eleven songs, all wrapped up and ready for all of you to...

Enjoy...

Jack Nimersheim
Ft. Mitchell, KY
June, 2013

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released July 1, 2013

Special thanks to:
Jim Gaines - pedal steel guitar (track 1)
Ron Baumgartner - drums (tracks 1 & 3)
Kevin Sweeney - guitar, vocals (tracks 2 & 9)
Chris Nurse - guitar (tracks 4 & 8)
Andy McGinty - vocals (tracks 4 & 8)
Lorenzo Declich: guitar, bass, keyboards, drums (track 11)
Patrick Lajeunesse: vocals (track 11)
Travis Charbeneau: lap-steel guitar (track 11)
Paul Feia: bass (track 11)
"La Clef des Chants": choir vocals (track 11)

Produced by Jack Nimersheim

All songs, © 2010 - 2013, Jack Nimersheim, except...
"Ray of Hope" & "Beautiful Child", © 2010, Chris Nurse, Andy McGinty & Jack Nimersheim
"All Through the Night", © 2011, Kevin Sweeney & Jack Nimersheim
"Many Countries, One Sky", © 2009, Patrick Lajeaunesse, Lorenzo Declich & Jack Nimersheim

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Jack Nimersheim Fort Mitchell, Kentucky

Fifty years!

A half-century. That's how much time has passed since I first stepped on stage, picked up a guitar, and started playing music for the folks "out there".

Lucky for you, no recordings exist of those early performances. The albums on this page, however, provide a pretty good retrospective of the music I've been fortunate enough to help create, over the past fifty years.

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Track Name: You Can Fly
YOU CAN FLY

You can laugh.
You can cry.
You can shake your head and wonder why.
Or you can spread your wings, baby you can fly.

Caught in deception, we were living a lie.
You were married to midnight,
and I was waiting for the Sun to shine.
You said love was redemption,
And I said, I just can’t believe that’s true.
But if you think we can make an exception,
Then I’d be willing to try making love to you.

You can laugh.
You can cry.
You can shake your head and wonder why.
Or you can spread your wings, baby you can fly.

Bodies in motion, we went right up to the borderline.
You were hoping for freedom,
and I was holding onto what was mine.
You said love was devotion.
And I said, I just don’t believe that’s so.
With a love that’s as deep as the ocean,
You can still be overcome by the undertow.

You can love.
You can lie.
You can pack your bags and say goodbye.
Or you can spread your wings, baby you can fly.

You’ve got to find your path and go the right way,
That’s not my way.
But when you’re coming to the end,
If you think you need a friend.
I’ll be right around the bend
When you set off down the highway.

You can live.
You can die.
You can look the devil in the eye.
Or you can spread your wings, baby you can fly.

You can laugh.
You can cry.
You can shake your head and wonder why.
Or you can spread your wings, baby you can fly.
Track Name: When You Need Me
WHEN YOU NEED ME

When you need me…you come around.
And when you see me…oooo…I play the clown.
Well, you deceive me. You tell me lies.
And then you leave me… oooo…it makes me cry.

I hear you breathe. I hear you sigh.
You say you need me…then say goodbye.

It’s all a game, a toss of the die.
You play to win, I play to survive.

‘cause when you need me…you need a fool.
You never free me…oooo…you make the rules.
You know you use me…then run around.
And you abuse me…ooo…and bring me down.

You better choose. I think it’s time.
Or you might lose me. Make up your mind.

Well, you know you’re gonna leave, gonna say goodbye.
Never settle down with me, always make me cry.
Next time, baby, when you come around.
I’m gonna take your little game, flip it upside down.

You better heed me.
And please believe me.
‘cause if you leave me.
Then, when you need me.

I’ll say goodbye…say goodbye…just say goodbye, girl…
Ooooo…say goodbye.
Say goodbye, now.
Track Name: Moments and Memories
MOMENTS AND MEMORIES

SHE SET HER SIGHT ON THE LIGHT OF A NEW HORIZON
DRIFTING ALONG IN THE DAWN OF A BRAND NEW DAY
ONCE IN A WHILE SHE WOULD SMILE WHEN THE CURTAIN RISES
MOMENTS AND MEMORIES FADED TO SHADES OF GRAY

IF YOU WANNA GO DOWNTOWN
OH, YOU'VE BEEN AROUND TOWN
IF YOU WANNA GO DOWNTOWN
WELL, THAT'S ALRIGHT BY ME

SITTING ALONE, IN A ROOM IN A HOME, SHE'S WAITING
SHEDDING A TEAR FOR THE YEARS THAT WENT BY SO FAST
IF SHE RECALLS THEM AT ALL THEY’RE LIKE SHADOWS FADING
SLIPPING AWAY, AS THE MEMORIES NEVER LAST

IF YOU WANNA GO DOWNTOWN
OH, YOU'VE BEEN AROUND TOWN
IF YOU WANNA GO DOWNTOWN
WELL, THAT'S ALRIGHT BY ME

I DON'T WANNA CRY
I DON'T WANNA LIE
I JUST WANNA SAY GOODBYE
TO YOU
Track Name: All the Friends I've Known
ALL THE FRIENDS I’VE KNOWN

All the friends that I have known
They’ve been around for oh so long
To help me through
When the night is lonely
And filled with only a song

And when the Sun refused to shine
Casting shadows ‘cross my mind
With thoughts of leaving it
All behind me
They tried to help me get by

And all the friends that I have found
They’ve always been around when I need them
The greatest treasure a man can own
Is all the friends I’ve known
Track Name: Carnival Dreams
CARNIVAL OF DREAMS

PICTURE A WORLD WHERE YOUR DREAMS NEVER DIE.
HOW WOULD IT LOOK WHEN YOU OPEN YOUR EYES.
WHAT WOULD YOU SEE? WHO WOULD YOU BE?
HOW WILL YOU GREET THE DAWN?
WOULD YOU SEE ANGELS SUSPENDED IN FLIGHT,
CAROUSEL HORSES, KALIEDOSCOPE LIGHT,
MAGICAL CLAY, CHILDREN AT PLAY…STARS YOU CAN WISH UPON?

CAN WE BUILD A WORLD OF PEACE AND HARMONY?
CAN WE CHANGE OUR WAYS AND FILL OUR DAYS
WITH THINGS THAT CHILDREN SEE?
CAN WE FIND IN OUR MIND WHAT A HEART’S INCLINED TO BE
IF WE CLOSE OUR EYES AND FANTASIZE
A CARNIVAL OF DREAMS?

ROSE-COLORED GLASSES ON TEDDY-BEAR EYES
FERRIS WHEEL ROLLING UP BLUEBERRY SKIES
MERRY-GO-ROUND, CALLIOPE SOUND,
ECHOING THROUGH THE NIGHT
SUGAR-PLUM FAERIES WITH GOSSAMER WINGS
ALL OF THESE SPLENDID AND WONDEROUS THINGS
INNOCENT TIME, THERE IN YOUR MIND…CLAMORING TO TAKE FLIGHT

CAN WE MAKE A PLACE WHERE CHILDREN COME TO PLAY?
CAN WE TRY TO FIND THE TIES THAT BIND
BEFORE THEY SLIP AWAY?
WILL WE SEE WHAT COULD BE IF WE FOLLOW THE EXTREME?
OR CAN WE CLOSE OUR EYES AND VISUALIZE
A CARNIVAL OF DREAMS?

CAN WE MAKE A PLACE WHERE CHILDREN COME TO PLAY?
CAN WE TRY TO FIND THE TIES THAT BIND
BEFORE THEY SLIP AWAY?
CAN WE FIND IN OUR MIND WHAT A HEART’S INCLINED TO BE
IF WE CLOSE OUR EYES AND REALIZE
A CARNIVAL OF DREAMS?

PICTURE A WORLD WHERE YOUR DREAMS NEVER DIE.
HOW WOULD IT LOOK WHEN YOU OPEN YOUR EYES.
WHAT WOULD YOU SEE? WHO WOULD YOU BE?
HOW WILL YOU GREET THE DAWN?
Track Name: All Through the Night
ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT

SHE TURNED OUT THE LIGHT TONIGHT
SHE FADED TO GREY
SHE GAVE UP THE FIGHT TONIGHT
THEN DRIFTED AWAY
ALONE IN THE DARK, WITH ONLY A MEMORY
A SPACE IN HER HEART, A PLACE THAT WAS MEANT TO BE
THE JOY OF A FAMILY, A CHILD AT PLAY
BUT FATE BOWED TO DESTINY AND SWEPT THEM AWAY
ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT
ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT
WHEN EVERYTHING CHANGED

SHE TURNED OUT THE LIGHT TONIGHT
SHE FADED TO GREY
SHE GAVE UP THE FIGHT TONIGHT
THEN DRIFTED AWAY
ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT
ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT
WHEN EVERYTHING CHANGED

WHEN EVERYTHING CHANGED
Track Name: In Between
IN BETWEEN

WELL, WE’RE LIVING IN A DARK WORLD
SHADOWS REIGN
RICH FOLK SWIM IN PLEASURE,
WHILE POOR FOLK DROWN IN PAIN
AND YOU KNOW IT’S A STARK WORLD
BLACK AND WHITE
THE SHADES OF GRAY ARE FADIN’
AS EVERYBODY CLAIMS
THAT THEY KNOW WHAT’S RIGHT

AND THE RIGHT HAND DOESN’T KNOW
WHAT THE LEFT HAND’S DOING
THE LEFT HAND NEVER REACHES TO THE RIGHT
AND EVERYWHERE YOU GO
THERE’S A CRISIS BREWING
CAN THE PEOPLE IN BETWEEN
RARELY HEARD AND SELDOM SEEN
BRING US TOWARD THE LIGHT

HAVE YOU LOOKED OUT YOUR WINDOW?
DO YOU READ THE NEWS?
WE FAIL TO SEE THE RAINBOW
IN A WORLD THAT’S RED OR BLUE
PEOPLE SHOUT FROM THE FRINGES
WHERE THEY PUSH EXTREMES
WHILE THE VOICES IN THE MIDDLE
SPEAK IN MUTED TONES OF FEAR
AND THEIR SHATTERED DREAMS

AND THE RIGHT SIDE DOESN’T HEAR
WHAT THE LEFT SIDE’S SAYING
THE LEFT SIDE NEVER LISTENS TO THE RIGHT
SO THE WORLD ERUPTS IN FEAR
WHILE THE FIDDLER’S PLAYING
CAN THE PEOPLE IN BETWEEN
RARELY HEARD AND SELDOM SEEN
BRING US TOWARD THE LIGHT

CAN WE MEET IN THE CENTER
CAN WE FIND OUR WAY
WILL WE TRY TO PAINT A RAINBOW
WILL WE SEE THE SHADES OF GREY
OR WILL WE CLOSE OUR EYES
TO THE GREATER NEED
AS OUR LEADERS PLAY THEIR GAMES
STOKE THE FIRE AND FAN THE FLAMES
WHILE THE PLANET BLEEDS

AND THE RIGHT HAND DOESN’T KNOW
WHAT THE LEFT HAND’S DOING
THE LEFT HAND NEVER REACHES TO THE RIGHT
AND EVERYWHERE YOU GO
THERE’S A CRISIS BREWING
CAN THE PEOPLE IN BETWEEN
RARELY HEARD AND SELDOM SEEN
BRING US TOWARD THE LIGHT
Track Name: Many Countries, One Sky
MANY COUNTRIES, ONE SKY

MANY COUNTRIES, ONE SKY
MY PLANET, ALL TOGETHER
MANY COUNTRIES, ONE SKY
MY PLANET, ALL TOGETHER

PEACE TAKES FLIGHT
AND HOPE CAN LIGHT THE WAY
THEY BREAK THE NIGHT
AND MAKE A BRIGHTER DAY

MANY COUNTRIES, ONE SKY
MY PLANET, ALL TOGETHER
MANY COUNTRIES, ONE SKY
MY PLANET

A BIRD IN FLIGHT, SOARING HIGH
SHE DOESN’T SEE THE BORDERLINES
SPREADS HER WINGS IN FREE FLIGHT
ONE SKY, IT’S PARADISE.

MANY COUNTRIES, ONE SKY
MY PLANET, ALL TOGETHER
MANY COUNTRIES, ONE SKY
MY PLANET, ALTOGETHER

MANY COUNTRIES, ONE SKY (WE’RE ONLY SHARING ONE SKY)
MANY COUNTRIES, ONE SKY (WE’RE ONLY SHARING ONE SKY)
MANY COUNTRIES, ONE SKY (ONLY SHARING ONE SKY)
MANY COUNTRIES, ONE SKY (ONLY SHARING ONE SKY)
MY PLANET
MANY COUNTRIES, ONE SKY
MY PLANET, ALL TOGETHER
MANY COUNTRIES, ONE SKY
MY PLANET, ALL TOGETHER, NOW

ALL TOGETHER
ALL TOGETHER